Wednesday, August 29, 2007

Bruno David: Friday, 7 September 2007

Opening reception for Joan Hall on Friday, September 7, from 6 to 9 pm. The gallery will also be showing in the Project Room, a series of small prints by Carmon Colangelo from his recent printing projects. The continuing video series in the New Media Room this month is by filmaker and multidisciplinary New York City based artist Eleanor Dubinsky.

Joan Hall's new work features large-scale, sculptural works on paper and Mylar that are thickly layered with handmade paper, pulp, printing ink and acrylic. The process of addition and subtraction, cutting out shapes and painting with paper creates a deep and complex surface that reveals new images as we look deeper into the work, as though the viewer is diving through the surface of the ocean. Implicit natural phenomena, such as water, wind, currents, and waves not only show the artist's long fascination with the sea, but also portray the permeability of human beings' basic structure from part to whole; we are of and by the sea. John F. Kennedy remarked on the inextricable bond between human beings and the ocean when he marveled upon the fact that all of us have the same amount of salt in our blood as exists in the ocean; we have salt in our blood, sweat, and tears. When we go back to the sea, we are going back from whence we came.

Carmon Colangelo recent printing project is layered with both traditional and digital prints, delicate line drawings, and collages, his work is enriched with the transition between each mark and layer. Colangelo's work uses serial images to explore memory and private space through collages and hybrid images. Pharmland continues to play on influences of science in absurd narratives based on musings in the artists' studio.

In Short Forms, New York based artist Eleanor Dubinsky, presents two short video works that zoom in on details of ordinary life to reveal moments of accidental beauty. Humorous, visceral, and personal, the works draw on Dubinsky's choreographic sensibility and are playfully crafted studies seeking meaning in the everyday moods and moments that often pass us by.

The gallery is also pleased to announce that Sarah Colby, Ingo Baumgarten, Shannon Collis, Colby + Humphries, Corey Escoto, Sandra Marchewa and Patricia Olynyk have joined the gallery. Please join me and the gallery's artists in welcoming all of them at Joan Hall's opening reception.

The gallery is located at 3721 Washington Boulevard, in the heart of the Grand Center arts district, directly opposite The Pulitzer Foundation for the Arts, the Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis, and in close proximity to the Sheldon Memorial Art Galleries, The Fox Theatre, and Powell Symphony Hall. The gallery is open free to the public and the hours are 10 AM to 5 PM Wednesday - Saturday, and by appointment.

Directions: From 64/40-44 East/West, exit at Grand Avenue; turn right on Grand Avenue, then left on Washington Boulevard. The gallery is located on the north side of the street between Grand and Spring Avenues. Free parking is available on both Washington Boulevard and Spring Avenue.


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